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- PhD (1975) and MS (1972) in Mechanical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley
- BS (1969) in Mechanical Engineering, Cooper Union
- Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
- Fellow of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers
- 2013 Captain Alfred E. Hunt Memorial Medal for the best paper of 2012 published by STLE
- ASME Tribology Division 2009 K.L. Johnson Award for the Best Paper in Contact Mechanics
- 2002 Søren Buus Outstanding Research Award
- Mechanics of Solids - including Elasticity & Plasticity and Mechanics of Materials
- Dynamics & Mechanical Vibration
- American Society of Mechanical Engineers
- Chair of Tribology Division Executive Committee of ASME
- American Society of Engineering Education
- Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers
- Tau Beta Pi and Pi Tau Sigma
- G.G. Adams, Adhesion and Pull-Off Force of an Elastic Indenter from an Elastic Half-space, Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 470, 2014, 20140317
- G.G. Adams, D.A. Hills, Analytical Representation of the Non-Square-Root Singular Stress Field at a Finite Angle Sharp Notch, International Journal of Solids and Structures, 51, 2014, 4485-4491
- R.P. Basu, Hennessy, G.G. Adams, N.E. McGruer, Hot Switching Damage Mechanisms in MEMS Contacts – Evidence and Understanding, Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, 24, 2014, 105004
- G.G. Adams, Stick, Partial Slip and Sliding in the Plane Strain Micro Contact of Two Elastic Bodies, Royal Society Open Science, 1, 2014, 140363
- H. Pan, Y.-C. Wu, G.G. Adams, G.P. Miller, N.E. McGruer, Interfacial Shear Stress Between Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes and Gold Surfaces With and Without an Alkanethiol Monolayer, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 407, 2013, 133-139
- J.R. Parent, G.G. Adams, A Model of a Trapped Particle Under a Plate Adhering to a Rigid Surface, Journal of Applied Mechanics, 80, 2013, 051011
- Y.-C. Wu, N.E. McGruer, G.G. Adams, Adhesive Slip Process Between a Carbon Nanotube and a Substrate, Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 46, 2013, 175305
- R.P. Hennessy, A. Basu, G.G. Adams, N.E. McGruer, Hot-switched Lifetime and Damage Characteristics of MEMS Switch Contacts, Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, 23(5), 2013
Dr. George G. Adams is College of Engineering Distinguished Professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department (Affiliated Appointments in Electrical and Computer Engineering and with Civil and Environmental Engineering) at Northeastern University where he has served on the faculty since 1979. His areas of expertise are in contact mechanics and tribology; MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS), especially RF MEMS switches and micromirrors; nano-mechanics (including materials characterization, adhesion, and mechanical and electrical contacts); and the dynamic response of structures to moving loads (including friction-induced vibrations and other instabilities). He has published over 80 refereed journal papers and has had numerous research grants and contracts with government and industry.
George received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cooper Union in 1969, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (Applied Mechanics) from the University of California at Berkeley in 1972 and 1975 respectively. Dr. Adams then became an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York, and a Research Associate at the IBM Research Laboratory in San Jose, California, prior to joining Northeastern University in 1979. He is an Associate Editor of Microsystems Technologies - Micro- and Nanosystems and Information Storage and Processing Systems and of the International Journal of Surface Science and Engineering. George co-founded and served as the first chair of the Contact Mechanics Technical Committee of the Tribology Division of ASME, and is a Fellow of the ASME and the STLE.
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A new patent, "System and method for integrating a single nanowire into a nanocircuit," was issued this week to CHN researchers Sivasubramanian Somu, Ahmed Busnaina, Nicol McGruer, and George Adams.
Sivasubramanian Somu (MIE), Ahmed Busnaina (MIE), Nicol McGruer (ECE), & George Adams (MIE) were awarded a patent for their method of integrating a single nanowire into a nanocircuit. The nano-...